Sociocultural Learning Theory

The acquisition of knowledge is an individual undertaking, but the sociocultural learning theory argues that social interaction is vital in learning. It’s not surprising given the fact that most of the knowledge and skills we now have were attained with the help of a support system until such time that we have mastered them on our own.

What is sociocultural learning theory?

Lev Vygotsky’s sociocultural learning theory describes learning as a social process and asserts that our social environment greatly influences our cognitive development. Our interactions with society, together with their contributions, provide a temporary scaffold until we are able to internalize our experiences and develop higher levels of thinking. We are then able to form our own consciousness on an individual level, making us both a byproduct and architect of society.

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